Music is blasting out of the oversized speakers and I’m swaying with every movement the boat makes. I tilt my head back, my back pressed against the guard rail and close my eyes. The wind is pulling at my hair, sunlight is on my face, a smile tugging at the corner of my mouth.
We got up early and quickly ate breakfast at our hotel, then gathered all our things and headed to the harbour. We had to wait for a while but then finally boarded our boat. At first we sat down on the bottom floor of the boat but quickly went upstairs to the top deck, since the bottom floor was pretty stuffy. The ride to Gili Air was absolutely beautiful and a lot of fun – listening to good tunes being blasted out of the massive speakers, sipping on Bintang and soaking up the sun rays. We also had a spectacular view of the Agung vulcano. Our boat stopped first at Gili Trawangan, which is more of a party destination and definitely not the right place to go to if you’re after a relaxing vacation.
On Gili Air we were picked up by our Air Bnb host Dean, who looked like he was thirty and had us in disbelieve about actually being fifty years old. We immediately changed into our swimmers and headed to the beach, since the heat was unbearable. After a quick dip in the crystal clear water, we ate lunch at the Garden Cafe. I got the Nasi Campur which tasted amazing!
After lunch we went for a stroll around the island, bought matching friendship bracelets and admittedly got pretty lost at one point (don’t be fooled by the many signs for cafes and restaurants, just because you see a sign for a place doesn’t mean it’s actually close by!).
We ended the day with dinner on the north-west of the island at the Talent Villa Sunset restaurant and I ordered Nasi Campur again, since it’s my favorite Indonesian dish! We watched the sun set, turning the world into a sea of purple, pink and red. After dinner we walked home on the dark beach with our flashlights on, yelping every now and then when a crab came running out of nowhere.